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# Leaders' Debate

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Punch and Judy, red cents and Rip van Winkle: How the second leaders' debate panned out.
The missed blows, the landed punches and – maybe – the policies that emerged in last night’s five-way leaders’ debate at RTE.
Twitter reaction: The second leaders' debate
The Twitterati were busy throughout the second leaders’ debate and we’ve picked a selection of their tweets.
Parties continue debate over backing of bank guarantee
Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael have all continued their discussion on whether the bank guarantee was a mistake.
Who came out on top of last night's debate?
We want your verdict on last night’s leaders’ debate on TV3
Kenny promises to ‘lead from the front’ during Leitrim speech
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny seemed unperturbed by criticism levelled at him for not attending the live leaders’ debate last night, saying that his meeting in Letirim was the “first political meeting that has been streamed live on the internet”.
Twitter reaction: The leaders’ debate
Despite the empty chair, last night’s live leaders’ debate trended worldwide on Twitter.
And they’re off… The issues and the points-scoring of the first leaders’ debate
Last night’s TV3 debate between Eamon Gilmore and Micheal Martin was relatively restrained… and so was Vincent Browne.
Come join us live for the leaders' debate!
Kenny: FG would borrow €1bn to lay off 30,000 public servants
The Fine Gael leader says the party’s plan to shed 30,000 state workers would cost €1bn, but save €10bn in five years.
Poll: Will Enda's refusal to take part in the leaders' debate damage Fine Gael's vote?
Will the empty chair change people’s minds about voting Fine Gael?
The first leaders' debate: reactions to Enda Kenny's absence
Round-up of Twitter and tabloid reactions to the Fine Gael leader’s refusal to take part in the first leaders’ debate tonight on TV3.
Gormley offers to fill Kenny's shoes on TV3 leaders' debate
The Greens’ leader says he wants to be “helpful” – but he too thinks a five-way debate is the best option.
Browne: Enda has used me "as a ploy" to dodge debates
TV3′s broadcaster says Enda Kenny has used Vincent Browne’s presence as an excuse not to take part in the channel’s debate.
Kenny won’t attend TV3 debate
FG leader confirms he will not be participating in the first leaders’ debate this Tuesday evening, citing scheduling difficulties.
Leaders' debates: where do they stand?
Party leaders are lining up for a series of televised debates ahead of polling day, but who wants which kind of debate?
Kenny rejects three-way debate suggestion
Enda Kenny has rejected the invitation of a debate between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour, saying that other political parties must also be included.
TV3 outlines plans for leaders’ election debate
The commercial broadcaster wants to hold a three-way leaders’ debate, with the heads of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.